Being faced with big tasks is a source of stress for many. The stress often comes from focusing on the outcome of the task. What is it that you are supposed to achieve at the end? It is this jumping to the final outcome that makes big undertakings feel un-doable.
Break It Down
Fortunately this is easy to overcome. Break the task down into it’s smallest possible component pieces. What is the first thing you need to do to take the first step? You should try and break it down into tasks that don’t take more than 30 minutes to complete. Once you’ve done the first step, take the next, all the way to the finish line!
Let Yourself Fail
Doing things this way gives you plenty of room for failure, which is a good thing. Just undertaking one small task at a time means that any setbacks will be similarly scaled down and gives you the freedom to make tweaks whenever necessary. Only working for 30 minutes at a time keeps you feeling fresh and interested in what you’re doing.
I think its best to start with the absolute smallest tasks first, building my way up to the larger ones. This way I gain a sense of accomplishment after only a relatively short time. Some think that you should start with the tasks that appeal the least to you so that you can get them out the way. However you prefer to do it, make sure you split your tasks into manageable chunks. Doing so will make the final outcome feel much more achievable.
Share your thoughts. How do you break down big tasks?